space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin
space
space
Sports Shorts
* Big Crowd Expected For Trappers Convention And Outdoor Show July 24-27
* Racquetball Lessons At Bond Center
* Habitat Golf And Auction August 15
* — 50th Annual — 4-Team WIAA Summer Baseball Tournament Slated For July 25
* —— July 24-26 —— AIM Pro Team Walleye Challenge In Oconto

space
Peshtigo Fire
space
e-Edition
Now Available
For more information
click here
dot
THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
space
dot
space
050113MURDER.jpg

MURDER SCENE--Marinette County Coroner George Smith and Assistant Chief Jarod Phillips of the Peshtigo Police Department are pictured on the front steps going over details at the home at 526 Thompson St. in which Patricia Waschbisch was murdered on Sunday, April 28. Also pictured are Mark and John Berth of Berth & Rosenthal Funeral Home as they prepare to remove the Waschbisch body from the residence. Brent Kaempf is alleged to have killed Waschbisch.

Suspect Will Face Homicide Charges In Marinette County

“Once again, this is a sad day in our county,” Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve said at the start of a brief press conference on Tuesday, April 30. The gathering was called to share information on the stabbing death of Trish Waschbisch, 45, late Saturday, April 27 or early Sunday, April 28 in her home at 526 Thompson Street, Peshtigo.

Her body was found by her 13-year-old daughter when friends Nick Chmela and Kelly Swanson brought her home at about 7 p.m. Sunday from an overnight stay at their home.

The suspect, Waschbisch’s long-time boyfriend Brent Kaempf, 48, also of Peshtigo, was apprehended by Wauwatosa police at about 3:30 a.m. Monday, April 29 and was held in jail there until Tuesday afternoon, when he was picked up by Marinette county officers and transported to the Marinette County Jail.

Charges of First Degree Homicide are expected to be filed later today, according to District Attorney Allen Brey. Brey expects the initial appearance to be on Monday, May 6, but it could be as early as Thursday or Friday.

Kaempf was detained in Wauwatosa at 3:30 a.m. Monday morning, based on an all points bulletin issued by the Peshtigo Police Department. He was found in an auto parts store parking lot sleeping. The officer who found him noticed an injury to his wrist and took him to a hospital for observation. At the hospital, two agents from the Department of Criminal Investigation questioned him and asked him why he was in town.

Kaempf told the officers he was in town because he ran away from home, according to reports. Investigators asked why he had run away from home, and Kaempf told them it was because he had killed his girl friend with a knife. When asked who his girl friend was, Kaempf told them it was Trish Waschbisch, who lived in the City of Peshtigo.

The two had reportedly had a long-term relationship, and it included at least a bit of a history of violence. According to court records, in 2010 Waschbisch filed a temporary restraining order against Kaempf after he hit her in the face. Then two months later she asked that the order be dismissed.

The Peshtigo Times learned that on Saturday Nick Chmela and Kelly Swanson had called the Waschbisch home to see if Alexis, the daughter of Waschbisch, wanted to come to their home near the Blue Ribbon Casino for a bonfire.

Alexis went there and decided to stay over night. The next day they tried calling and texting Trish but there was no answer, so they went to the residence. They found Trish’s vehicle outside and the doors to the house were open. The daughter then went into the house and discovered her mother. Nick Chmela called 911 and Peshtigo Police arrived at the scene at about 7:15 p.m.

Investigating at the scene were officers from Peshtigo Police Department, Marinette County Sheriff’s Department, the Wisconsin State Crime Lab, the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigations, Marinette County District Attorney’s office and Coroner George Smith. Search warrants were issued Sunday night for the Waschbisch home and Kaempf’s cell phone.

Peshtigo Fire Department personnel worked the perimeters of the murder scene throughout the night and into the morning on Monday, keeping the area secure and assisting investigators.

Almost everyone involved in the murder investigation had worked closely with the victim in her capacity as Interim Director and Legal Advocate for Rainbow House Domestic Abuse Services, Inc., which provides services for abused families and runs a shelter facility in Marinette for domestic violence victims.

The atmosphere during the press conference Tuesday in the large conference room at the Marinette County Law Enforcement Center on Tuesday, April 30 was somber, intense, and sad...In sharp contrast to a week earlier, when Waschbisch was being honored in the same room for her work at Rainbow House.

“Our sincere condolences go out to her family,” Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve declared at the start of Tuesday’s press conference. “It is tragically ironic that one week ago today, in this very room, she was given a proclamation for her tireless efforts on behalf of victims of domestic violence...and now she is a victim of domestic violence.”

Sauve introduced press conference participants, which included Coroner George Smith, Brey, Assistant District Attorney Kent Hoffman, Peshtigo Police Chief Kent Kline, and Peter Thielen from the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation. He said they all had worked with Waschbisch at various times during her years at Rainbow House.

Kline also expressed sympathy for Waschbisch’s family and her co-workers.

Kline reported that his department was putting together a crime complaint that should lead to a Phase Four Homicide determination, and reported that Kaempf, the suspect, had been taken into custody and was being held in Marinette County.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the Waschbisch family,” Hoffman declared. Waschbisch was described as being, “very dedicated and relentless in her support for victims of domestic violence.” Hoffman said he expected criminal complaints to go out on Wednesday, but cautioned against rash conclusions. “I must state that any charges are merely accusations and we must assume innocence until he is proven guilty.”

Thielen reported that Kaempf was cooperative when he was picked up by the Wauwatosa officers, and said his swift apprehension was a credit to cooperation between state and local investigators,but the officer was just doing his job when the first contact was made.

Smith reported that an autopsy was conducted at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Green Bay on Monday. Autopsy report was that the woman died of several stab wounds from a kitchen knife, which Smith described as “sharp force injuries.”

Questions were allowed at the half hour press conference but there were few answers.

Brey assured everyone the community is safe. “There probably will always be situations in a community in which one or more individuals want to harm another person. This was one of those situations,” Brey said. “This is a terrible tragedy, but it’s not like the situation in Boston a couple of weeks ago.”

“As the press conference broke up, Sauve asked the media to ease up on the family. “Allow her family... the real victims of this horrible crime...time to grieve,” he urged.

The family includes her daughter, Alexis M. Waschbisch, at home, a son, Justin Bunker of Peshtigo, parents Howard and Patricia Skarban of Coleman, a brother, John Skarban of Lena, and grandmother Marge Hornak of Warrens, WI. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home in Coleman.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
07-24-2014Sports
Big Crowd Expected For Trappers Convention And Outdoor Show July 24-27

07-24-2014Sports
Racquetball Lessons At Bond Center

07-24-2014Sports
Habitat Golf And Auction August 15

07-24-2014Sports
— 50th Annual — 4-Team WIAA Summer Baseball Tournament Slated For July 25

07-24-2014Perspectives
Country Cousin

07-24-2014Perspectives
From our readers

07-24-2014Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

07-24-2014Obituaries
Antoinette Wesolowski

07-24-2014Obituaries
Anita N. Wehrle

07-24-2014Obituaries
Gerald E. Wedin

07-24-2014Obituaries
Harriet Ann Wasko

07-24-2014Obituaries
Therese C. Thoune

07-24-2014Obituaries
Mark P. Stevens

07-24-2014Obituaries
Leonard E. Lesperance

07-24-2014Obituaries
Bradley Lemke

07-24-2014Obituaries
Barbara Koury

07-24-2014Obituaries
Elmer Giese

07-24-2014Obituaries
Bernard J. Gabriel

07-24-2014Obituaries
Ardith Fleischman

07-24-2014Obituaries
Kenneth M. Demmith-Veasley

07-24-2014Obituaries
Rosemary Christenson

07-24-2014Obituaries
Barbara J. Byers

07-24-2014Obituaries
James R. Ausloos

07-24-2014Obituaries
Kathleen Ann Thomas

07-24-2014Obituaries
Benjamin N. Schumacher

07-24-2014Obituaries
Terri Jo Ryan

07-24-2014Obituaries
Krystin Kuffner Rau

07-24-2014Obituaries
Krystin Kuffner Rau

07-24-2014Obituaries
Mary E. Parent

07-24-2014Obituaries
Timothy Norwood

07-24-2014Obituaries
Bonnie J. Mitterreiter

07-24-2014Obituaries
Ruth A. McIntosh

07-24-2014Obituaries
Florence R. Liddle

07-24-2014Obituaries
Harry G. Kososki

07-24-2014Obituaries
Ronald R. Johnson

07-24-2014Obituaries
Marion Ermenc

07-24-2014Obituaries
Elizabeth J. Brown

07-24-2014Obituaries
Wesley C. Branyan

07-24-2014Obituaries
Lois G. Bertrand

07-24-2014Obituaries
Ferdinand F. Baumler

07-24-2014News
Area School Supply Drive

07-24-2014News
Brazeau Emergency Services Picnic, Wrestling July 26

07-24-2014News
Need Volunteers for Centennial

07-24-2014Community - Wausaukee
Library to Host Comedy Science

07-24-2014Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Historical Lists 15 Winners in Quilt Raffle

07-24-2014Community - Wausaukee
WHS Athletes Physicals July 29

07-24-2014Community - Wausaukee
Library to Host Comedy Science

07-24-2014Community - Crivitz
Loomis Legion, Unit Fun Day is July 26

07-24-2014Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Blood Drive Aug. 4

07-24-2014Community - Crivitz
Movie in Park at Crivitz July 24

07-24-2014Community - Crivitz
800 Attend Miracle for Mike Frievalt Benefit

07-24-2014Community - Coleman
Zoglman Receives Lions Fellowship

07-24-2014Community - Coleman
T/Pound Opposed To County Bond Issue

07-24-2014Community - Coleman
List Winners in Big Coleman Fire Dept. Parade, Picnic

07-24-2014Community - Coleman
Coleman Board Votes Against Outsourcing Sub Teacher Plan

07-24-2014Front Page
3 Injured When Car, Two Semis Crash

07-24-2014Front Page
Menominee May Go To Court Over Airport Commission Appointment

07-24-2014Front Page
DNR: Wausaukee Water Supply “Precarious”; New Well Needed

07-24-2014Front Page
Peshtigo Utility Changes Water Disconnection Policies

07-24-2014Front Page
Christmas At Badger Park, Peshtigo July 25-27

07-17-2014Sports
—— July 24-26 —— AIM Pro Team Walleye Challenge In Oconto

07-17-2014Sports
—— August 18 —— Coleman Booster Club Sets Kickoff Banquet

07-17-2014Sports
Sports Exams To Aid Area School Districts

07-17-2014Sports
—— Little League—— Peshtigo 12's Claim Tournament Title; 10's Finish Second

07-17-2014Perspectives
Country Cousin

07-17-2014Perspectives
From our readers

07-17-2014Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

07-17-2014Front Page
Plan Guitars For Vets Chapter in Marinette Area

07-17-2014Obituaries
Gerald Wedin

07-17-2014Obituaries
Marian L. Payette

07-17-2014Obituaries
Betty K. Mikus

07-17-2014Obituaries
Theresa M. Krulatz

07-17-2014Obituaries
Glenn E. Johnson

07-17-2014Obituaries
Joseph Hyland

07-17-2014Obituaries
Peter P. Hendricks

07-17-2014Obituaries
Violet Jessie Frehr

07-17-2014Obituaries
Terence Crowley

07-17-2014Obituaries
Orville "Pat" Cappaert

07-17-2014Obituaries
Mary L. Wyman

07-17-2014Obituaries
Glenn A. Rietz

07-17-2014Obituaries
Francis M. Lemansky

07-17-2014Obituaries
Frances K. Last

07-17-2014Obituaries
Kenneth S. Kososki

07-17-2014Obituaries
Lorraine M. Knitter

07-17-2014Obituaries
Rochele Jaskolski

07-17-2014Obituaries
Helen Huss

07-17-2014Obituaries
Adeline M. (Cloutier) Evancheck

07-17-2014Obituaries
Kathleen M. Ebben

07-17-2014Front Page
Menominee Commissioners Walk Out of Airport Meeting

07-17-2014Front Page
Peshtigo Hires Principal, School Secretary To Retire

07-17-2014Front Page
Bob Schwartz Benefit At Equity On Aug. 2

07-17-2014Front Page
2014 Logging, Heritage Fest A Huge Success

07-17-2014News
Menekaunee Sets Old Timers Picnic July 26

07-17-2014News
Marinette Co. Fair Raffle Tickets Available for Sale

07-17-2014News
Crivitz Blood Drive Aug. 4

07-17-2014Community - Wausaukee
VBS at Wausaukee Church July 21-25

07-17-2014Community - Wausaukee
SC Fire Auxiliary Finalize Picnic Plans

07-17-2014Community - Wausaukee
Silver Cliff Fire/Rescue Auxiliary Picnic Aug. 9th

07-17-2014Community - Wausaukee
WHS Athletes Physicals July 29

07-17-2014Community - Crivitz
Motorcycle Ride for Crivitz Rescue Squad

07-17-2014Community - Crivitz
MI Fire Dept. Picnic, Open House Aug. 9

07-17-2014Community - Crivitz
Loomis Legion, Unit Fun Day is July 26

07-17-2014Community - Crivitz
Country Gospel Jam July 16

07-17-2014Community - Coleman
Brazeau Emergency Services Picnic, Wrestling July 26

07-17-2014Community - Coleman
Coleman Church VBS July 21-25

07-17-2014Community - Coleman
Coleman School Board July 21

07-17-2014Community - Coleman
Coleman Fire Dept. 19th Annual Parade, Picnic

07-10-2014Front Page
Two Injured In Car, Motorcycle Crash

07-10-2014Front Page
Committee Shaves $40,000 From $1.08 Million Projects

07-10-2014Front Page
Drug Units Arrest 2 In Meth Investigations

07-10-2014Front Page
Marinette Plan To Consider Waterfront, Historic Zoning

07-10-2014Front Page
Coleman Board Okays Property Cleanup Study

07-10-2014Sports
Marinette Notches M&M Win

07-10-2014Sports
Sports Exams To Aid Area School District

07-10-2014Sports
MYBI Players To March In July 13 Parade

07-10-2014Sports
Peshtigo Rallies Past White Lake

07-10-2014Perspectives
Country Cousin

07-10-2014Perspectives
From our readers

07-10-2014Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

07-10-2014Obituaries
Jerome Wontor

07-10-2014Obituaries
Catherine M. Wheelock

07-10-2014Obituaries
John J. Wertelusky

07-10-2014Obituaries
Marvin L. Wagner

07-10-2014Obituaries
Debra A Vandenberg

07-10-2014Obituaries
Pastor Kenneth C. Schlueter

07-10-2014Obituaries
Robert Reed

07-10-2014Obituaries
Edgar W. Raess

07-10-2014Obituaries
Gregg S. Meser

07-10-2014Obituaries
Warren C. Manske

07-10-2014Obituaries
Joan C. Lutri

07-10-2014Obituaries
Inez A. Kulick

07-10-2014Obituaries
Delores Junco

07-10-2014Obituaries
Cora G. Erickson

07-10-2014Obituaries
Agnes Clark

07-10-2014Obituaries
Pauline M. Barribeau

07-10-2014Obituaries
Gladys Stiglitz

07-10-2014Obituaries
Melvin G. Sovinski

07-10-2014Obituaries
Alice E. Nieft

07-10-2014Obituaries
John R. Maves

07-10-2014Obituaries
Arnold Martin

07-10-2014Obituaries
Robin S. Luedtke

07-10-2014Obituaries
Marilyn LaCoursier

07-10-2014Obituaries
Cecelia M. LaChapell

07-10-2014Obituaries
Rochelle Ihander

07-10-2014Obituaries
Rob Holman

07-10-2014Obituaries
Larry J. Hohol

07-10-2014Obituaries
Annette M. Blumreich

07-10-2014Obituaries
Constance E. Besaw

07-10-2014Obituaries
Nancy L. Bartels

07-10-2014News
Suring Auxiliary Rummage Sale


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Do you think Russia is responsible for shooting down Malaysian plane MH17?
space Yes
No
Undecided
space
TO VOTE CLICK
YES, NO or UNDECIDED

Suggest a Question
space .
space
FRONT
space
.
space
CLASSIFIEDS
space
.
space
COMMUNITY
space
.
space
GUEST BOOK
space
.
space
NEWS
space
.
space
OBITS
space
.
space
PERSPECTIVES
space
.
space
SPORTS
space
.
space
SUBSCRIBE
space
.
space
.
space
PESHTIGO FIRE
space
.
space
CUSTOM PRINTING
space
.
space
TIMES' SAVER
space
.
space
Click for Peshtigo, Wisconsin Forecast
FORECAST
space
Quick...
News or Ad Search
Enter News key words.
Enter Ad key words.



Peshtigo Times
841 Maple St
PO Box 187
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Phone: 715-582-4541
Email:
News@
PeshtigoTimes.com

space
Fax: 715-582-4662
© 2000-2014
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites